During the Roaring
twenties and the depression era of the Thirties American ingenuity and
architecture took of some very unique trends.The post World War One euphoria followed the prohibition
brought the era of the Speak-easy.The repeal of prohibition brought a new era to high society.A new America began to take shape in
those years of the 1920’s and 1930’s.Industry and Railroads continued to grow and develop; the public was
introduced to new innovations and ideas.Radio and movies quickly became commonplace.
Now this was a time when imaginations soared!Nick & Nora Designs
was founded by a couple, one a custom model builder and painter and the other
an Interior Designer, who wanted to make their ideas and inspirations come to
life.These kits feature the
look, accents and details from the various interests of these two, from Classic
architecture to classic film, from the prototypical to the whimsical.The various kits may be originally
designed for use along a main line or spur; or possible for along the highway
or rural road.Some kits may seem
just at home along the waterfront as they are in the backwoods.
Most Nick & Nora
Designs kits feature laser cut basswood clapboard or scribed sheet, laser cut
birch plywood, combinations of doors and windows from top manufacturers like
Tichy & Grandt Line, full color graphics and signs and illustrated detailed
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Station Inn ST015
The Station Inn is has been a haven for rail fans for over two decades.
Once, over 100 trains a day passed through Cresson, Pennsylvania. In 1866 the Callan House opened in Cresson to host vacationing Pittsburghers. In the day, dozens of passenger trains stopped at Cresson. Vacationers and traveling salesmen filled Callan's rooms.
Passenger trains haven't stopped in Cresson for half a century, but that does not mean the tracks are silent. Now near seventy trains pass by each day. More tonnage passes today than at any time in the 1950’s. Heavy mixed trains, long coal trains, straining helpers and a variety of head end power make up the multiple consists along the rails. Now the Callan house is a bed and breakfast accommodating rail enthusiasts. You can watch the trains from the front porch, as you might have 150 years ago. The rooms are simple, clean, and bright and a hearty breakfast is served daily. Plan on rail fanning Altoona, Gallitzin Tunnels, Horseshoe Curve, and Johnstown? Then book a room at the Station Inn!
This kit is based on small barns in western Pennsylvania that have been used for multiple purposes. The overhang, change in pitch of the slanted roof and the large bay doors are all common elements of these simple structures. _______________________________________________________________________________
Sycamore Springs Hotel ST010
Every town that was served by the railroad had a local hotel or boarding house. Over the years when the railroads didn’t stop anymore these hotels became rooming houses. The Sycamore Springs Hotel is a back ground, designed to complete your downtown scenes!
A.J. Subs and Steaks is based on sub shop along Rt. 40 in Bear DE. The prototype was originally a small house that was converted for use as an automotive garage. Then later in the 1970's it was renovated to house the sub shop. The shop was in business till the Mid 1980's. and like so many other local mom and pop shops, it was torn down to make way for a new shopping center.
Kit # ST008
Footprint- 13" X 6"
Diorama footprint 13" x 8"
The Crown Motel. Based on a motel built in the 1930's along Rt 13, in Delaware. The original building is still in use today.